Newswise — June 18, 2013 (MAYWOOD, Ill.) – Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, a world-renowned leader in the care and treatment of burn injury, is being awarded Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s highest honor. Gamelli will receive the school’s 2013 Stritch Medal in recognition of his innovative research, outstanding patient-centered care and inspiring contributions to medical education.
“Dr. Gamelli has dedicated so much of who he is to the field of medicine. Through his cutting-edge research, excellent surgical skills, and tireless training of the medical leaders of tomorrow, he brings hope and healing to countless people,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean and chief diversity officer at the Stritch School of Medicine. “This award is one way that we at Stritch can say thanks for all he has done.”
Gamelli is senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. He also is the Robert J. Freeark Professor of Surgery and director of the Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute at the Stritch School of Medicine. His clinical excellence as the chief of the Burn Center at Loyola University Medical Center has helped to make it internationally acclaimed and the only center in Illinois to be awarded verification by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.
Under Gamelli’s leadership, the Loyola Burn Center is one of the busiest in the Midwest, treating more than 700 patients annually. The center provides comprehensive care for patients as well as a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and follow-up care.
“Dr. Gamelli’s dedication is one of the reasons our health system is a leader in caring for patients who have suffered burns or trauma. As a clinician, he cares deeply about treating the whole person,” said Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System. “As a teacher, Dr. Gamelli has touched the lives and careers of countless students and residents who are better physicians because of his mentorship,” Goldberg added.
Gamelli will receive the medal November 16 at Loyola’s Annual Stritch Awards Dinner at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The event is Chicago’s longest-running black-tie gala, and has raised millions of dollars for medical education scholarships.
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